Picture of dancing iris
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Dance like no one is watching

I once borrowed a very expensive sports car and was cruising down the freeway when I was pulled over by the highway patrol. When I protested that I had been carefully driving under the speed limit, they cheerfully agreed. “We just wanted to see what one of those looks like up close. Have a nice…

Still standing
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Still standing

I love old doors! When I found these two in an ancient house, I was hooked. They have weathered time and hardship and still are standing with a special beauty all their own. They remind me of family. My sister and I have had our differences over the years, and our moments of joy together….

agave and eucalyptus
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Dance like no one is watching

I caught these three at play on a windy day in the Thompson Boyce Arboretum in central Arizona east of Apache Junction. It seemed as though the huge agave plant had invited the eucalyptus tree to dance a tango while the palms waved in chorus. The scene reminded me of the Pixar movie, Toy Story, in…

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12 Easy Ways to Become a Skillful Proofreader

We have become a nation of skimmers. We buzz through emails: delete, delete, save, delete. We flip through social media: scroll, like, heart, share. What does that do to proofreader skills? It’s a train wreck waiting to happen. Three minutes after your eBook goes live on Kindle you spot the first typo in the “Look…

West Fork Trail, Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona
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Finding peace in a frantic world

“I want to be able to live without a crowded calendar. I want to be able to read a book without feeling guilty, or go to a concert when I like.” Golda Meir Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel for ten years and active in public service all of her life was described as strong-willed,…

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Letting go

When I was a little girl, my family had an old upright piano, black. We lived in a small house, so the only place available for it was in the baby’s room. That meant whenever he was taking a nap I couldn’t practice. My mother engaged a piano teacher who came promptly on Wednesday afternoons…